COVID-19 InformationIncludes - Restrictions Update 2021
COVID-19 Restrictions Update
From 6pm on Friday 26 March 2021, Victoria has further relaxed its COVIDSafe settings.
- You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
- Face masks must be worn in the following settings, unless an exception applies:
- on public transport, in commercial passenger vehicles such as taxis and ride share vehicles, and in tour vehicles
- by visitors to a hospital or care facility (while indoors)
- on flights to and from Victoria
- indoors at airports
- if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care or to get tested
- while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care (except as part of a surveillance or other asymptomatic testing program)
- while experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
- It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people.
- You can have up to 100 visitors to your home per day. The visitor cap includes dependants but not infants under 12 months old. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
- Up to 200 people can meet outdoors in a public place. The cap includes dependants but not infants under 12 months old. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
- No travel limits.
- Travellers to Victoria from other Australian states or territories, or from Green Zone Countries, must apply for a Victorian Travel Permit, unless an exception or exemption applies. Exceptions only apply in limited circumstances.
- Travellers must comply with the requirements of their permit, including COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine or self-isolation requirements (as applicable).
Work, study and volunteering
- On-site office work is no longer capped. Workers in the private and public sectors can return to work at 100 per cent capacity.
- Density limit of 1 person per two square metres applies.
- All workplaces with on-site workers require a COVIDSafe Plan.
Hospitals and care facilities
- There are no limits on the number of people who may visit or access hospitals or care facilities.
- Face masks must be worn by visitors to hospitals and care facilities (whilst indoors), unless an exception applies.
Entertainment and culture
- Seated venues (indoor and outdoor) up to 75 per cent capacity of the total venue with a maximum of 1,000 patrons in each space. Density limits apply to non-seated areas.
- Non seated venues (indoor) up to 75 per cent of capacity, with a maximum of 1000 patrons in each space. Density limits apply.
- Non seated venues (outdoor) do not have patron caps but density limits apply
- No cap on dance floors. Density limits apply, depending on the venue type.
- Casinos to 75 per cent of venue capacity.
- Removal of gaming machine caps.
- All venues must use the Government QR Code Service, or API linked digital system, to maintain electronic record keeping.
Sport and exercise
- No cap on gym and exercise classes (indoors or outdoors).
- Indoor physical recreation and community sports facilities can operate subject to changed density limits of 1 per 2sqm when staffed.
- Density limit of 1 person per two square metres. Except for unstaffed gyms, which must apply a density limit of 1 person per four square metres.
- No visitor caps but density limits continue to apply.
- No limits on booking sizes.
- However, private gatherings at accommodation are capped at the booking household (and the intimate partners of anyone in the booking household) plus up to 100 people from any number of households. Infants 12 months and under are excluded from private gathering limits.
- No dancefloor caps.
- Tourism spaces and groups – no patron caps but density limits apply
Religion and ceremony
- Weddings, funerals and religious gatherings can occur in commercial venues.
- The density and capacity limits will depend on the type of venue.
- If conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (100 visitors, the celebrant and a photographer are not counted).
Electronic record keeping
- continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria stay safe and stay open.
- The following industries, venues and facilities must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service, or API linked digital system, to maintain electronic record keeping from 26 March (a 28-day compliance amnesty will be in place until April 23):
- Physical recreation and community sport (indoor and outdoor)
- Pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs
- Community venues and facilities (including libraries and toy libraries)
- Creative arts facilities
- Real estate
- Entertainment venues ( such as galleries, zoos and live museums)
- Arcades, escape rooms and bingo centres
- Drive-in cinemas
- Amusement parks
- Adult entertainment
- Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services
- Tourism spaces
- It is highly recommended that public markets, stalls, retail and shopping centres enable electronic record keeping via the free Victorian Government QR Code Service, or API linked digital record keeping system from 26 March.
We understand that you may be feeling worried, anxious and overwhelmed about COVID-19 and the impacts it has on your daily life, family and community, especially when we are experiencing social distancing. These resources can help keep you informed, connected and safe:
COVID-19 Phone Numbers
- Coronavirus hotline: If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days – on 1800 675 398
If you are an NDIS participant you can also call the national hotline on 1800 020 080
If you need an interpreter, please call 131 450 first.
- Department of Social Services Support Line – If you’ve lost income because of COVID 19 measures, call the dedicated hotline to see what support you can access – 1300 653 227
- National Debt Helpline: If you are in financial difficulty, free support is available at the National Debt Helpline: 1800 007 007. You can speak to a financial counsellor to get advice.
- Business Victoria coronavirus hotline: Businesses seeking advice about whether they are affected can also call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.
- Australian Human Rights Commission: For information regarding discrimination or any other human rights violation, please contact National Information Service on 1300 656 419 (restricted hours)
- If you are distressed, please seek support from Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline 13 11 14
- In-language information about racial discrimination and race hate complaints translated in to 63 languages
- Important information from VCOSS regarding COVID-19 and the community sector
- National Debt Helpline’s COVID 19 Financial Survival Guide and Resources
- Cancer Council ‘Cancer & COVID-19’ English factsheet here. Support and information resources are available in 12 languages. If you would like to speak to someone in your own language, please call 13 14 50 and ask for Cancer Council or the Coronavirus Health Information Line.
- Important information for renters, business and others from Consumer Affairs Victoria
- Important information for NDIS providers: Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19
- Australia Council for the Arts COVID 19 Response package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.
- Easy English COVID 19 Information sheets and resources
- Australian federal government’s economic response to COVID 19
- Latest updates and information on COVID 19 from the Victorian government’s Department of Health and Human Services
- FAQS regarding the virus, its transmission and testing, and preventative measures.
- In-language information regarding COVID 19 from Victorian government’s Department of Health and Human Services
- Latest updates and information from the Australian government’s Department of Health
- You can get help and information on looking after our mental health and wellbeing from: Lifeline and Beyondblue
- Embrace Multicultural Mental Health also have information for CALD communities
- Contact numbers of support services for women experiencing family violence from InTouch – Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
- Warm Safe Home for Older Victorians who may be experiencing financial hardships can connect with a financial counsellor who may be able to help
- From VCOSS: financial and emergency relief support & specialist services available to migrants, refugees and international students
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